Are we nearly there yet?
It’s half term next week and all of our cottages are booked up with families. Norfolk is a fantastic destination to visit with children of all ages, and even though I grew up in the county we used to traipse up to North Norfolk for holidays every year.
One of the best places to visit is Bewilderwood (see photo on the left). Located 13 miles away from Winterton it takes less than half an hour to drive there an is well worth the visit. It’s a huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure with treehouses, zip wires and jungle bridges. And the best bit? It’s not just for the kids. Adults can join in too with all the zip wires, bridges, and slides.
There are some scarily steep slides which even I had to force myself down, but there’s a choice of three which are all different lengths/heights. And this is what’s so great about Bewilderwood – it caters for such a wide age range. Last time we went I noticed they had a new section called Den Building. Which does what it says on the tin! It's a fenced off area in the woodland with lots of sticks an branches, which kids can build dens out of. Brilliant! It was so simple but was obviously really popular.
Bewilderwood is great at putting on special events depending on the time of year, and the staff are fantastic with lots of interactive plays, games and face painting. Next week from 23rd – 31st May is Minty’s Whizzy Windmills, where they provide you with all the materials to make your own windmills and take part in a parade. We usually do the Halloween one with our niece and nephew where we make Halloween lanterns (I'm afraid the adults did get slightly competitive with their lantern designs) and take part in the parade through the forest. I won’t tell you what my nephew shouted at the witch …..
If you’re planning a visit to Bewilderwood then you’ll drive past Horning which is a very pretty riverside village and worth a look. It has a couple of pubs right on the river where you can stop for lunch or dinner including the Swan, The New Inn and the Mississippi paddle steamer also departs from here. Or you can hire a boat from Horning too.
Less than 10 miles away at Great Yarmouth there is a huge choice of activities for children. The Sea Life Centre is very popular and also good to visit on a rainy day as it’s all indoors. We love watching the penguins there. Nearby there is Merrivale Model Village and a simply fantastic pirate themed crazy golf. For smaller children there’s Joyland on the Britannia Pier where I spent many a happy day as a child. Can’t believe that the snail ride is still there, but it must still be popular!
Wroxham Barns is another good place to entertain children. Again it’s less than half an hour away from Winterton, and has shops, cafes, crafts, a junior farm, mini golf and a fun fair. At the moment you can bottle feed the lambs at the junior farm. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is another good destination not far from Winterton, and has tigers and leopards too!